What woman doesn’t like surprises, and the better question is what woman doesn’t like a surprise date night?
I’ll be the first to tell you that my husband isn’t the best at either, so when he told me to find a babysitter for our son in early November, I didn’t know what to expect.
I can usually figure out what tricks he has up his sleeve, but not on this night. So I met him at a designated location, and that’s when he told me where we were going… City Winery Atlanta.
I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was at Ponce City Market, and that I was in for a treat.
Fun Times at City Winery Atlanta
In addition to a restaurant, they have a speakeasy and an amazing intimate concert venue downstairs. The concert venue is set up like a large comedy club and there are no bad seats. You can purchase tickets online and select your seat, no seat is more than 45 feet from the stage.
Photo taken by Kimberly Murray www.kimberlymurray.com
Depending on the size of your party you may end up sharing the table with some new friends. Nothing wrong with meeting new people that you know you already have something in common with, since you are there to see the same artist.
When we arrived I found out that GZA (The Genius) from the Wu-Tang Clan was performing Liquid Swords. We got there a bit early (doors typically open at 6pm and most show times are at 8pm), so as we settled in, I ordered a glass of wine of course, and we both ordered food (if you get there before 7pm you get a 20% discount on your food). Since we arrived about an hour before the show started there were not too many people there. I didn’t even think the venue was going to fill up, but boy was I wrong. Before I knew it, practically every seat was filled.
The show started with the interlude to GZA’s solo album Liquid Swords, and for an hour and a half, he rocked the crowd of Wu-Tang fans with hit after hit, song after song.
Though we’re in Atlanta, the chilled out audience knew the words and chanted along. There were some true fans in this audience. Amongst the many songs performed were, ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M, and the title track from Liquid Swords.
Being that I’m a New Yorker (from Long Island), this was a great night to celebrate hip-hop at its best. If you haven’t already I recommend you check out City Winery Atlanta. The service at City Winery was excellent, the food was great, and the show was amazing.